Cleopatra McDonald

Cleopatra V.S. McDonald

Senior Associate


Cleopatra is a Senior Associate in the Litigation and Alternative Dispute Resolution Department. She primarily handles corporate, insolvency, banking and insurance litigation and advice, commercial agreements and conveyancing matters. She displays the intellectual vigour and diligence worthy of any firm of high pedigree, is unfailingly responsive and works well under pressure. She is a calm and measured advocate at the Bar.

Cleopatra comes to the practice with a strong background in international trade and investment law. Prior to her Call to the Bar, she enjoyed a twelve-year career in international trade negotiations and policy consultancy in the Caribbean, Europe and Africa. Most notably, she worked as a trade consultant for, and represented East and Southern Africa Governments in negotiations with the European Union in the areas of market access, services, intellectual property and competition. She has published on topics related to economic law and commercial opportunity.


  • Litigation and Alternative Dispute Resolution

Practice Areas

  • Commercial and Banking
  • Bankruptcy and Insolvency
  • Litigation and Alternative Dispute Resolution
  • Personal Injury
  • Employment and Labour
  • Contentious Probate and Administration
  • Licences, Regulation & Compliance

Education and Bar Admissions

  • B.A., Law and International Relations, De Montfort University, 2003
  • MSc., International Trade, University of the West Indies, 2006
  • PgDL, International Dispute Resolution, University of London (External Programme), 2010
  • PgDL, College of Law, London, Bloomsbury, 2012
  • Called to the Bar of England & Wales, 2012 (non-practicing)
  • Admitted to Practice Law in Saint Lucia, 2013

Membership and Other

  • Member, Bar Association of Saint Lucia
  • Member, The Honourable Society of Middle Temple
  • Student Member, Insolvency Practitioner’s Association
  • Member, British Institute of Comparative and International Law
  • Languages: French (Working Knowledge – DALF C1)